“This cake is dark and dense. The very definition of a fondant.”
When I was looking for a chocolate cake recipe about three weeks ago, I knew I’d hit jackpot when I read Like a Strawberry Milk‘s words. (Plus, if you check out her pictures, especially the first time she posted about this cake – yes, it’s so good she’s written twice about it -, you just know it’s the one.)
Dark, dense, fondant = exactly what I was craving.
You’re probably thinking, “but isn’t this supposed to be a blog about eggs?”
Well, yes. And this is a cake which is like 90% egg.
Not really, but 8 eggs is a lot. That’s the main secret behind a truly dense chocolatey-chocolate cake though. And, although it might not be the healthiest recipe in the world doing the honors of cutting the ribbon of the recipe section in this blog, it’s one I really just had to share.
Besides, who said this blog would only have healthy recipes? That’s actually very unlikely.
Anyway, this isn’t a cake to be eaten every day, it’s a special cake, for that extra special chocolate craving. I’ve baked it only once, and completely wrong (didn’t have the proper springform pan) but still, it was absolutely heavenly.
Here goes the exact recipe I followed from Fanny’s (truly inspiring!) blog:
Fondant au Chocolat (for one 24 to 28cm springform pan)
- 200g dark chocolate
- 240g butter
- 8 eggs
- 130g flour
- Preheat the oven to 170°C, and generously butter a springform pan.
- In a bowl, melt the chocolate and butter.
- In a heatproof bowl, mix the eggs and sugar – using a whisk – and place over medium heat (or on a water bath). Keep on mixing until not cold anymore. It shouldn’t be hot either.
- Pour the chocolate over the egg mixture, and homogenise.
- Sprinkle the flour over and using a rubber spatula, gently incoporate it until just smooth.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes (if you’re using a smaller pan) until just set.
A piece of advice: if you live alone, or as a couple, think about taking a few slices to work, or inviting someone over when you bake this cake. It’s seriously addictive and way too heavy. Eight eggs people, eight.